[opendtv] Re: News: DTV Converter Box announcements

  • From: Barry Brown <barrysb@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 10:43:35 -0500


On Jan 27, 2008, at 9:16 AM, Craig Birkmaier wrote:

At 1:43 PM -0500 1/26/08, Cliff Benham wrote:
Whether you think so or not, a portable TV that can receive current information in an emergency situation is a necessity, not a nicety.

It is ONE of many sources of information. It is NOT a necessity, any more than cable or DBS are a necessity. There are two real issues here:

1. Is SOMEONE in your community providing the emergency information you need during a crisis?

2.Do you have the ability to receive this information.

When power is out, cable and DBS are not available, unless you have a local power source and then good luck with cable. For most folk, there is no other option except receiving local channels OTA using a battery operated TV. In these situations, I would believe that locals are providing emergency information. Therefore battery operated ATSC receivers will almost be a necessity in 2009.



Come down out of the clouds and remember that the original intent of a broadcast license was 'to serve the public interest, necessity and convenience'. Now, because so few radio stations are locally programmed, TV is the only good source of 'local
specific' information in an emergency.

This HAS NOT been my experience. In my experience radio has done a better job than TV in dealing with these issues IN THIS AREA. Your actual experience may vary based on actual market conditions.

Regards
Craig
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